Websites to Help with End-of-Life Care Planning

| By Jodi Horton

End-of-life care planning isn’t fun or easy, but these websites can definitely help the process along. If you are struggling to prepare your advance directives, or don’t know where to start, we recommend using one of these tools.

If you are looking for a place to start, we recommend reading the Advance Directives information on NHPCO’s CaringInfo. This will help you understand the purpose of advance directives for healthcare decision making. Identifying a healthcare power of attorney and your choices for care at end of life are important in the event that you become unable to speak for yourself. Another useful primer is this Making A Plan page from the Pima Council on Aging.

When outlining your healthcare wishes, several tools are available to help you. You can download a state-specific advance directive, use a tool like Five Wishes, or you can try using this interactive website, Prepare. It’s best to choose the tool that you feel most comfortable with. The objective is to just complete your directives, no matter which tool you use to get there.

While you’re thinking of your healthcare plans, it may also be a good time to consider the other pertinent details of your life that may need to be shared. This can include financial information, passwords to websites, legal information, and other personal details. This website, Everplans, can help you organize, store, and share this information with the important people in your life. Facing the end of your life is hard, but you don’t have to make it harder for you or your family.

Casa de la Luz Hospice provides hospice services and grief support to Pima County and southern Pinal County. If you or someone you love is facing a terminal illness and would like to learn more about how hospice can help, call us at (520) 544-9890. 

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